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Business & state leaders discuss clean energy transition at 7th Clean Energy Ministerial

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20 June 2016

Blog: Clean Energy Ministerial participants should consider impacts of renewable energy on human rights

Author: Kasumi Maeda & Eniko Horvath, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, in Triple Pundit

"Businesses Must Respect Human Rights for a Fair Transition to a Renewable Future," 2 Jun 2016

…[W]orld leaders, businesses and investors…gather[ed] for the Clean Energy Ministerial to discuss tangible actions to advance clean energy following the 2015 Paris climate agreement. The event includes the launch of a campaign to convince more companies to commit to sourcing 100 percent renewable energy.  However, discussions around the impacts of these commitments on human rights are palpably absent…Local communities continue to face abuses of their rights to free, prior and informed consent, land, and compensation, and residents are being forcibly displaced to make room for clean-energy projects. Without speaking about these concerns openly, we cannot ensure that a fast transition to clean energy will also be a fair one…The Clean Energy Ministerial meeting and its new initiative for renewable energy can be an opportunity to start discussing…changes…to start breaking down the silos between climate change and human rights policies and practices. [Also refers to Enel, Siemens, and Statkraft.]

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20 June 2016

Companies make commitments to clean energy & climate mitigation at Clean Energy Ministerial

Author: Clean Energy Ministerial

"World’s Energy and Business Leaders Announce Actions to Accelerate Global Deployment of Technologies at Seventh Clean Energy Ministerial," 2 Jun 2016

Energy Ministers Launch New Campaigns on Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy to Help Spur Implementation of Paris Commitments. Energy ministers and other high-level delegates from 23 countries…announced new commitments to expand clean energy deployment and cut global carbon emissions while driving economic growth at the seventh Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM7). CEM members…agreed to launch an enhanced effort – called “CEM 2.0” – to increase its effectiveness by creating an international secretariat to support CEM initiatives. In addition…nearly 60 companies and non-governmental organizations, and 10 subnational governments announced more than $1.5 billion in commitments to accelerate the deployment of clean energy technologies and increase energy access. CEM ministers launched three new, high-impact campaigns that will promote the procurement of electricity from renewable energy, commercial and industrial energy efficiency, and advanced cooling technologies…[Also refers to Apple, Cummins, Daikin, Dentsu, Facebook, Google, Honeywell, Ingersoll-Rand, Interface, LG Chem, MGM Resorts, Microsoft, PG&E, Royal Philips Electronics, Samsung, Schneider Electric, Tetra Pak, TD Bank, and Wells Fargo.]

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7 June 2016

At Clean Energy Ministerial, companies demonstrate their commitment to 100% renewable energy

Author: The Climate Group

"Going 100% renewable: RE100 companies make impact at Clean Energy Ministerial," 2 Jun 2016

At the seventh Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM7)…where governments…are meeting, RE100 companies have been demonstrating their commitment to driving the transition to renewable energy. Autodesk…has achieved its target to power its facilities with 100% renewable electricity…Also, the business has set an internal carbon price that it expects will help align business decisions and investments with a low-carbon economy…Google committed to working…to convene a group of stakeholders to survey the policy and regulatory structures critical to enabling corporate purchasing of renewable energy and make policy recommendations for how to further unlock corporate renewable energy demand…Microsoft reasserted its…commitment to powering its datacenters with energy that is at least 50% wind, hydro and solar by 2018...Salesforce has shared its renewables story in a new RE100 case study to inspire other companies to follow suit…The announcements from RE100 companies come as RE100 welcomes six new joiners today, all committed to powering their entire operations with 100% renewable electricity. They include …Equinix…Tetra Pak…TD Bank Group…Interface, Inc.,…Dentsu Aegis Network and …Workday, Inc…

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6 June 2016

Commentary: Business & state leaders' commitments to reduce emissions at Clean Energy Ministerial can lead to economic growth

Author: Bob Keefe, Environmental Entrepreneurs, Huffington Post (USA)

In San Francisco today, nearly 60 companies are announcing major plans to reduce their carbon emissions, increase the energy they get from renewable sources and bring their suppliers along with them. The companies…are making the pledges at the Clean Energy Ministerial…These corporate investments and announcements won’t just help address climate change, they will drive economic and job growth…Energy efficiency is the biggest sector of the clean energy industry, already employing about 1.9 million Americans…Like the energy leaders…gathered…for the Clean Energy Ministerial, local leaders know the economic value of clean energy too. As part of the ministerial, Governors of California, Oregon, Washington…agreed to a sweeping new agreement to expand building efficiency, electric vehicles and renewable energy…In doing so…they’ll…attract new clean energy investments, businesses and jobs to their states…What events like the Paris climate conference and the Clean Energy Ministerial do is bring leaders together — whether at the international level, the state level, or the business-to-business level. And when leaders work together, it makes a difference…[Also refers to Autodesk, Honeywell, Ingersoll Rand, Microsoft, Philips Lighting, and Schneider Electric.]

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